If you have kids, you've been there. The kid(s) are going berserk, not listening, and not respecting your authority. You're completely frazzled and starting to contemplate disciplinary measures that are probably in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions.
What's a parent to do?
Do you spank? Do you keep trying to negotiate? Do you frequently argue with your significant other as to how to properly discipline your lovely little monster(s)?
"No. You clean YOUR room."
Anj and I were in that boat.
I'm not sure how it worked out with your kid(s), but for Anj and I, the "Terrible Twos" were nothing compared to the "Threatening Threes". Our daughter, Rosemary, only become tougher to manage from there.
One minute, she could be the sweetest girl in the world, compassionate, caring, a model citizen. The next minute she could be sassy, defiant, and disrespectful. We tried it all. Time-outs, spanking, priviledge restrictions, etc. Nothing seemed to stick.
Worse yet, her little brother, Ragnar, was starting to pick up her defiant habits.
Moments after this photo was taken, they stabbed me in the leg with those forks.
Then, Anj got wind of a parenting class that our church was offering. It was called Love and Logic. We knew we had to get on the same page when it came to disciplining our kids. We signed up, took the course and got a consistant, proven plan that we could stick with.
A few years later, our kids still have their moments of defiance, sass, and other bits of youthful terrorism. Thanks to Love and Logic, Anj and I are better equipped to handle those mini-revolutions.
Our church is offering the course again starting on Wednesday, April 4th. If you have kids between the ages of 5 and 12, it is absolutely worth your while to check it out. The techniques you'll learn are easy. Heck, one of the techniques involves going "Brain Dead". (I handled that like a pro.)
The course is only $35. Anj and I got our money's worth out of it. I'm sure you will too.
If you're interested, CLICK HERE to go to a Facebook Page with more details.
And hey, good luck. Us parents have to stick together.